Youtube working with governments to ensure openness of platform
Google-owned video platform youtube is focused on working with governments to better shape regulations that allow it to preserve openness, while protecting communities from harmful content. youtube Chief Product Officer Neal mohan recently said that the platform has always had a robust set of community guidelines to protect the ecosystem of users, creators and partners from aspects like hate speech, misinformation and harmful content. “...We want to work with government agencies, regulators...all over the world discussing ways that youtube can play the role that it plays in a way that satisfies the framework that governments have... We’ve been doing that for years, for example, in India for the last 13 years and will continue to do so,” he said during a session at the Raisina Dialogue. He added that when the company establishes its community guidelines and rules, that is done in an open manner as well in consultation with people from across the political spectrum from all parts of the world.
“We publish those guidelines clearly on our site, and we try to enforce them in a way where we’re not distinguishing between regions of the world, who the speaker is, we try to enforce them uniformly regardless of whether it’s a private citizen, head of state, in a way that’s transparent and clearly published on our platform,” the top executive said. He further emphasised that youtube understands its responsibility as an open platform that allows sharing of diverse points of view, and it does that in a way “that builds up things like election integrity, free functioning, democratic societies, as opposed to clamping down on them”. mohan cited examples of how youtube has been working on maintaining integrity on the platform during elections across the world. He explained that the platform has worked with political candidates across the political spectrum to make sure they have a presence on the platform and can share their opinions and thoughts.n